SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 11: Lance Berkman #27 of the Texas Rangers dives into third base trying to stretch a double to center field into a triple in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 11, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Berkman was out on the play. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Thirteen of the Texas Rangers' last 15 games have been on the road, they've bounced back from Pacific time zone to Central, back to Pacific again and back to Central and they got a bit of gamemanship from the rival Los Angeles Angels, who refused to play a getaway day game during the day, instead opting to play at night and putting the Rangers in Minneapolis at about 7 a.m. the morning of a game.
All of that, and the Rangers have still yet to lose a series this year and now they have a much-needed day off on Monday before opening a 6-game homestand on Tuesday.
Home sweet home.
“Whenever you’ve been out as much as we have, the travel, the late arrivals, all of that adds up,” designated hitter Lance Berkman told The Dallas Morning News.
It's not to make excuses, but it obviously caught up with the Rangers, who have played a league-high 16 road games this season. It was evident on Saturday and Sunday that they were just sapped after arriving in Minneapolis early on Thursday morning before going out on adrenaline and winning that night's game, along with Friday night's.
Saturday and Sunday were just ugly games offensively, and you have to think a return home to Rangers Ballpark might rekindle the offense that has been so bad the past couple of days.